Wine Spectator's Mitch Frank reports that Bordeaux has long operated behind closed doors. That has changed as château owners have realized that they need to compete with marketing-savvy competitors all over the world. But even today, most châteaus require appointments and offer limited tours, and many are closed on weekends. Despite that, this is a fantastic region to visit, and wine lovers will be rewarded for doing what it takes to scale the walls.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands June 7, 2011.
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